The spring signing ceremony was Jesuit's fi S rst via video conference ix seniors from Jesuit High School signed with
With family, friends, and teammates on hand in the President's Board
Room, Trevor Mayberry '20 (U.S. Naval Academy) and Christian
(Florida A&M) signed to play football at the college of their
Jones, a wide receiver, and Mayberry, an offensive tackle, were part of a senior
with Mayberry leading an offensive line that paved the way for 190 rushing yards
per game while Jones was a big-play specialist, averaging 23.3 yards per catch,
including a 65-yard TD.
Mayberry and Jones were the 7th and 8th of what would become 10 Jesuit football
players from the Class of 2020 to sign to play in college. Six had signed during
Odom (University of Florida), Lex Capitano (Furman University) and a trio of Army
West Point signees – Brett Gerena, Raleigh Oxendine, and Spencer Williams.
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WINTER SIGNING CEREMONY
With campus closed due to
coronavirus restrictions, Jesuit
celebrated via video conference
virtual signing ceremony, conducted via video
With Jesuit operating as a virtual school from March
18 through the end of the school year due to coronavirus
restrictions, the six student-athletes, four head
coaches, and school administrators gathered together
college athlete signing ceremony of the school year.
The proceeding began at 7:30am as Jesuit's Director
of Communications, Pete Young, introduced each of
the signees and their college:
Cade Freeman – football – Wabash College; Greg
Gyenis – football – Tennessee-Martin; Nick Haggar –
tennis – Loyola Maryland; A.J. Karabenick – baseball –
Wesleyan University; Jalen Niles – baseball – Florida
A&M; Jimmy Paradise – golf – Univ. of Connecticut
Jesuit's Director of Campus Ministry, Fr. Jay Hooks,
S.J., said the prayer, and principal Barry Neuburger
spoke to the signees about their accomplishment, and
how they have thrived at Jesuit within a culture of high
expectations. Then athletic director Terry Rupp '84
gave the directive, and the signees put pen to paper to
Freeman and Gyenis represent the 9th and 10th Jesuit
football players to sign to play collegiately this school
year after helping the Tigers advance to the State
starter at kicker who received All-Area and All-State
Trevor Mayberry (left) and Christian Jones
Ind., an hour northwest of Indianapolis. Wabash, much like Jesuit, is a highly regarded
all-men's school with an enrollment of a little more than 800.
Gyenis was slated to be a three-year starter but his senior season was derailed by
injury. Nonetheless, he received several college offers and will play for Division I FCS
Tennessee-Martin. The Skyhawks, who face powerhouse Alabama this season, were
7-5 last season, including a defeat at Florida.
Haggar was a key member of Jesuit's powerhouse tennis team, playing singles and
State result in school history, and an 8-0 mark this spring. Haggar received $20,000
in merit scholarships plus a Jesuit 'Magis' Award from Loyola in Baltimore.
leyan, a prestigious liberal arts school in Middletown, Conn., joining two Jesuit alumni
on the Cardinals roster, pitcher Everett Lee '18 and catcher .
Niles’ electric baserunning sparked the 2019 baseball State Championship run. The
starting shortstop this season for the nationally No. 1-ranked Tigers, who were 9-0
when the season was suspended, Niles will join two other Tigers,
(basketball) and Christian Jones '20 (football) in the Florida A&M athletics program.
Paradise, who initially starred in hockey at Jesuit, captured the individual District
crown in golf in both his junior and senior years, shooting a 73 and 71, respectively,
and was the Region runner-up last fall. During his four years in the program, Jesuit
golf won four District titles, three Region crowns, and placed 4th at State twice, the
school's second-best State result ever.
spring signing period, and was Jesuit's fourth signing ceremony of 2019-20. Each
year, some 15-30 Jesuit student-athletes sign Letters of Intent to participate in college
athletics, and this school year there have been 27.